Updated: December 22, 2020

WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter Generator Review

by Charles Jasper

Product Overview

The WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter Generator is one of the most silent generators you can buy today. If you’re searching for something won’t deafen you or your family on camping trips or RV trips, this is the inverter generator you want to purchase.

On top of that, the WEN 56380i Super Quiet is EPA III and CARB, the California Air Resources Board, compliant. This means you don’t ever has to worry about any negative effects caused on the environment, including the air quality, while running this generator.

WEN 56380i Portable Inverter Generator

WEN 56380i Portable Inverter Generator
  • 3800 surge watts
  • 3400 rated watts
  • 2.2-gallon tank
  • Low fuel automatic shutdown
  • 110.8 pounds weight

It also runs on gas, offers 3800 surge Watts and 3400 rated Watts for all your needs. It has a half-load run time of 8.5 hours. It also includes two three-prong 120V receptacles, one AC 120V NEMA TT-30R RV receptacle, one 12V DC receptacle, and one 5V USB port. It offers clean energy for all of those outlets, meaning you don’t have to worry about what may be going into your appliances and electronics.

The Energy Specs on the WEN 56380i Generator

You want to know both how much energy is being put out and also how much is being put in. In this cause, the energy put in is the gas. It holds 2.2 gallons, a decent amount of space for a unit this size. This will help you from having to run back and forth filling it all the time. The 2.2 gallons will last you 8.5 hours on a half-load of energy output. This means a full-load would take 4.25 hours to drain the tank.

The unit puts out 3800 surge Watts and 3400 rated Watts, as mentioned before. This is perfect for tailgating and going camping, either in an RV or not. The engine is 212 CCs and an “air cooled by 4-stroke air-cooled OHV,” as the company puts it. This keeps the engine from overheating and keeps it quiet, which you can read in depth about in the following section.

It offers outlets for a variety of things, as we already covered, but how safe is it for you to plug your phone into a generator that can put out that amount of energy? This one limits total harmonic distortion, meaning it’s safer for smaller electronics. It only allows 0.3 percent at no load and under 1.2 percent at full load.

The Noise of the WEN 56380i Generator

The biggest selling point of this generator is the near silence it produces. At 22 feet from the generator, the noise is only at 57 dBA while running a quarter load, a much lower amount than the typical generator of this size.

How loud is that? It’s about as loud as a typical window air conditioner unit or standard conversation. This means it’s easy to ignore, leaving you able to enjoy a conversation with someone else or have peaceful sleep in your RV.

This generator is so quiet, people will take them on hunting trips. It used to be that you had to sit and freeze in your duck blind, but now you have heat without scaring away your prey. It’s also great for small music set-ups, as it won’t clash with your music as you play.

Fuel Shut-Off on the WEN 56380i Generator

Some people have experienced what happens when their generator runs out of fuel, but with the WEN 3800W Inverter Generator, you won’t experience it again. It has an automatic fuel shut-off when it realizes it’s too low on fuel.

Fuel can build up and form blockages inside the carburetor when your generator suddenly shuts down. Stagnant fuel inside the carburetor will only build up and gum your carburetor, causing engine problems and eventually failures. This requires expensive maintenance to fix, which not only means more money, but will take a while if you have to take it to the shop.

The fuel shut-off feature automatically shuts off the flow of fuel, forcing the generator to use the fuel already in the carburetor instead allowing anymore to come into it. This cuts down on the amount of fuel left in the carburetor. The unit then shuts down immediately after the fuel has been cleared from the carburetor.

All of this helps to minimize the maintenance you have to put into the unit, saving you money and time on parts and work, either yours or a shop’s work. It can also prevent major damages to the engine by working to keep things clear and prevent blockages. You won’t have to spend nearly as much time working on this one as you would others.

The Extra Benefits

Past all of this, the WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt Portable Inverter Generator offers a simple electrical start. Just as the simple push start cars are becoming more and more popular, this feature makes it much easier to start this generator. No longer do you have to pull start your generator every time the power goes out!

It also offers an easy-to-read meter to monitor your

  • Voltage
  • Wattage
  • Frequency
  • Run time
  • Fuel supply

It also has a manual shut-off switch for any immediate shut off needs you may need. This isn’t to be used all the time, but in emergencies, you’re covered. It also has a grounding nut and circuit breakers for any of your other electrical needs.

About the author

Charles Jasper is the owner and main author of Generator Guider. He has a degree Engineering and 20 years experience on using generators on various projects, around the house, and while traveling and camping. He has a passion for everything related to home improvemen and loves to travel on his RV. When he is not working, you might find Jasper working on projects around the house or organizing a camping trip.